🇺🇸 🇫🇷  USA / France •  Kayaking

World Record Solo Kayaker, Adventurer & Speaker

"The most important is not my adventure itself, but the learnings I received from it, and what I can in return teach and transmit to others as a mentor and an example: going further and looking for other things in life that make you move inside, things that makes you feel alive"

French-born and now an American citizen, Cyril Derreumaux considers himself a citizen of the world. Fluent in six languages and continually expanding his linguistic repertoire, Cyril is passionate about learning and exploring new cultures and places.

Despite setbacks and a previous unsuccessful attempt, Cyril achieved his goal in September 2022 by reaching Hawaii, becoming the first kayaker to accomplish such a feat using only human power. Advocating for living life to the fullest, Cyril hopes his adventures inspire others to pursue their dreams relentlessly.

Currently, Cyril is actively working on a book and a documentary that chronicle his kayak crossing. He is also contemplating his next adventure and continues to inspire audiences through his work as a motivational speaker.

🥇 First Person to Kayak Solo, Unsupported and 100% Human Powered from California to Hawaii

🗣️ Speaks 6 languages

🏆 2x World Record Holder

(Upcoming) Unsupported Atlantic Crossing by Kayak

Atlantic 🇪🇸
Dec. 2024 -
4,800 Kilometers / 3,000 miles. Cyril will leave in December 2024 from La Restinga, The Canary Islands, with the aim to reach the island of Martinique on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, in a 100% human-powered, solo and unsupported kayak expedition.

Texas Water Safari - Toughest Kayak Race

Jun. 2023 - Jun. 2023
The Safari is a long, tough, non-stop marathon canoe-racing adventure, traversing 260 miles of challenging rivers and bay. 40-48 hours “non-stop” & “non-sleep” / Canoe: 6-man 45-foot Canoe / Total Mileage: 260 miles


Many participants enter the race with no intention of winning, but with the goal of joining the elite group of finishers and earning the coveted Texas Water Safari finisher's patch.

Unsupported Solo Kayak To Hawaii

USA 🇺🇸
Jun. 2022 - Sep. 2022
After 91 days and 9 hours at sea, solo kayaker Cyril completed the 1st solo kayak crossing, unsupported and human-powered, of the Mid-Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii.


Having departed in the early morning of June 21st from Monterey, California, kayaker Cyril successfully landed at Hilo Bay, Hawaii on September 20, 2022 completing the 2400 nautical miles (4,444 km) ocean crossing.

100% human powered, Cyril plans to paddle a custom single man kayak from Monterey, California to Oahu, Hawaii. He will be completely self supported carrying all his necessary gear, food and necessities to make the trek. He hopes to accomplish this feat in 70 days setting the record for the fastest human powered kayak crossing.

Great Pacific Race

USA 🇺🇸
Jun. 2016 - Jul. 2016
4 Men, 1 Boat, 39 Days at Sea, One Guinness World Record. With his three team mates they broke the speed record for rowing the mid pacific ocean from Monterey, California to Oahu, Hawaii. With no support or assistance, they did just that spending 39 days, 9 hours and 56 minutes at sea.


Sleeping and rowing in hour shifts they trained their minds and bodies to do what many others could not.

Biking Togo

Togo 🇹🇬
A 1,200 km bike packing trip across Togo, Africa


Three friends set out on a 1,200 km bike packing trip across Togo, Africa. With few plans on where they were staying or what they were eating, they took each day as it came and fully immersed themselves in being present and living in the moment.

Relying on the kindness of strangers and finding unexpected joys in simple moments they discovered it was truly the journey rather than the destination.

Outrigger Canoe Race from Molokai to Oahu

USA 🇺🇸
2010 - 2015
43-mile Canoe Race. Cyril participated 4 times in the Moloka’i Hoe in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015.


On October 12, 1952, three Koa outrigger canoes launched through the surf at Kawakiu Bay on Moloka'i's west side. Powered by six paddlers, each of the canoes were bound for O'ahu, across 38+ miles of open ocean in the Ka'iwi Channel. Eight hours and 55 minutes later, the Moloka'i canoe, Kukui O Lanikaula landed on the beach at Waikiki in front of the Moana Hotel. This event started one of the world's most prestigious outrigger canoe race, the Moloka‘i Hoe.

The Moloka'i Hoe has become one of the longest running annual team sporting events in Hawai'i, perpetuating one of Hawai’i's and Polynesia's most important and historic cultural traditions, while honoring outrigger canoe paddlers around the world.

Each year over 1000+ paddlers from around the world compete in the Moloka'i Hoe. The Moloka'i Hoe tests the limits of physical / mental strength, individual endurance, courage, determination and teamwork while battling nature's most extreme elements.


Year long backpacking trip

World 🌏
Trip around the world. One year of discovery. 25 years old - $7,000 budget - 26 countries.

Adventures around the world

World 🌏
2000 - ongoing
Several, biking, rowing, kayaking and sailing expeditions around the world.

Media coverage


Explorers Web: Top 10 Expeditions of 2022 - Kayaking the Pacific. Read
Men's Journal: Cyril Derreumaux Kayaks 2,400 Miles Across the Pacific—Solo and Unsupported. Read
The Guardian: Bay Area man becomes second ever to kayak from California to Hawaii. Read


Art of Adventuring: Solo Kayaking from California to Hawaii - 91 days alone at sea. Listen
Paddling the Blue: Cyril Derreumaux - Solo Kayak to Hawaii Listen
Little Big Foot: Embracing Fear While Kayaking Across the Pacific Ocean. Listen

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